Intro: Racism is getting attention in three cities across Michigan within one week. Over the weekend, the Michigan Round Table for Diversity held a three day workshop in East Lansing. This coming Friday March 22, Wayne State University’s law school is discussing how there is no ‘post-racial’ society. That’s in Detroit. Then in Grand Rapids, also on Friday, Partners for a Racism Free Community will hold its annual meeting.
Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus spoke with the following three people at last week’s racism workshop in East Lansing. Are you ready to feel uncomfortable? Click on audio for a 4-way conversation. The women speak in the following order:
Margaret “Peggy” Vander Meulen is director of Strong Beginnings. It’s a federally funded Healthy Start project attached to Spectrum Health. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation added $4.5 to the project in 2011. She’s also connected to the Grand Rapids African-American Health Institute and the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. Peggy has worked on public health projects in Africa, Asia and her native Latin America.
Linda Quist is the finance and development director at Partners for a Racism Free Community in Grand Rapids.
Denise Evans is the project coordinator for Strong Beginnings in Grand Rapids. Evans is a Christian Reformed Church minister trained at the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.